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Lemons – The Multi-Purpose Fruit

Dr Akilah El Health Tips

Lemons are a great way to naturally aid your body in fighting infection and disease. Drinking a glass of lemon juice mixed with cold water and honey on an empty stomach in the morning can cleanse your body and prepare it for the day. Lemon juice, or fresh lemon, can indeed help detox the liver and the whole body.

Lemon-juice is a powerful antibacterial. Lemon juice is about 5% (approximately 0.3 mole per liter) citric acid, which gives lemons a tart taste, and a pH of 2 to 3. Lemon is one of the most alkaline foods out there, and can help restore balance to a body used to an acidic diet.

They are an excellent food for weight loss as well.  If you are looking for support to lose weight.

Lemon (Citrus limon) without peel

Vitamins and Minerals

Nutrition Value per 100 g

Percentage of RDA

Folates

11 mmg

3 %

Niacin

0.100 mg

1 %

Pantothenic acid

0.190 mg

4 %

Pyridoxine

0.080 mg

6 %

Riboflavin

0.020 mg

1.5 %

Thiamin

0.040 mg

3.5 %

Vitamin C

53 mg

88 %

Vitamin A

22 IU

1 %

Vitamin E

0.15 mg

1 %

Potassium

138 mg

3 %

Calcium

26 mg

3 %

Copper

37 mmg

4 %

Iron

0.60 mg

7.5 %

Magnesium

8 mg

2 %

Manganese

0.030 mg

1 %

Source: USDA National Nutrient data base

Health benefits

Lemon is rich in vitamin C. Lemon juice and lemon peels are used in several beverages and meals. Even Publius Vergilius Maro, the great poet, praised its healing power of this sour fruit. In ancient Rome lemons were applied for detoxification and they also helped elder people relief their cough.

Some tips

  • One of the most important features of the lemon is its antiseptic effect. You can stop the bleeding of your gum if you put a piece of lemon peel over the wound.
  • You can eliminate bad breath by holding a piece of lemon peel in your mouth for some minutes.

Notes: Don’t forget to wash the lemons thoroughly if you liked to use their peel, because Citrus species are often sprayed with pesticides. Organic or home-grown lemons are the best choice if you have the opportunity to get to either of them.

Lemon is a Miracle of Nature

Lemon is a miracle of nature. According to Linus Pauling, who was an American chemist and won two Nobel prizes, eating 5-6 lemons per day is enough to prevent every illness. I myself squeeze a lemon every morning to make a lemonade. I also add some lemon juice to the bottle of water which I take along with me to the dance trainings. Fresh lemon juice brings you liveliness and gives you energy.

  • In case of sore throat, flu and tonsillitis, gargling with fresh lemon juice several times per day can relieve symptoms. Adults can add some pálinka (Hungarian fruit brandy) and paprika to it as well.

It’s important to note that bottled lemon juice has nothing to do with fresh lemon juice. Natural vitamins are better for your health than synthetic ones. Fresh lemons contain a variety of phytochemicals and other agents which enhance the effect of vitamins. Albert Szent-Györgyi, who discovered vitamin C, also underlined the importance and effectiveness of natural vitamins.

Uses in Aromatherapy

Lemon oil which is extracted from the fresh lemon peel is frequently used in aromatherapy. It helps to be focused and it eases the feeling of being burdened by problems in life. It is also helpful in avoiding emotional burst out. It’s good to have a bottle of lemon oil at hand before important decisions as it affects the left brain which is responsible for rational thinking.

In aromatherapy lemon oil is a top note which means that it has an immediate apparent intense quality because of its fast evaporation rate. It is light, stimulating and energizing like most of the citrus oils.

Lemon for Natural Skin Care

Lemon is a natural skin lightener because of citric acid which is a bleaching agent. So don’t throw out the peels after squeezing lemons, because it makes your skin light and smooth. Apply them on your hands, elbows and heels. Of course, they doesn’t make a miracle over one night, so you should use them for several weeks to see the result. The lemon has a regenerating, toning effect in skin care products – face masks, gels and creams. It smoothens the wrinkles, refreshes and lightens the skin and tightens the pores.

Lemon juice is said to be good for blackheads as well. To tell you the truth, I have not tried this method yet.

It is used in natural hair treatment as well.

  • If you want to lighten your blonde hair, rinse your hair with the mixture of water and lemon juice.This liquid is good for oily hair too.
  • The lemon juice is good for dandruff and an itchy scalp if mix it with egg white and apply it to your scalp. (Egg white has a drying effect.)
  • If your hair is dry and damaged, you can treat it with a homemade hair mask by combining olive oil, honey and lemon juice.

Notes: Don’t apply lemon juice directly on your skin because it can get irritated due to citric acid. It’s recommended to dilute it with water. Citric acid can also make your skin photosensitive so avoid the sun in case of extensive use.

Selecting and storing lemons
The best lemons are those that have smooth, oily skins and are heavy for their size. They should be bright yellow with no green tinges. Lemons will keep for up to a week at room temperature, two to three weeks refrigerated. Lemon zest (peel) can be frozen for months.

Juicing lemons
To get the most juice from a lemon, it should be allowed to reach room temperature, or microwaved for a few seconds prior to juicing. Using your palm to roll the lemon on a hard surface can also help improve juice yields. If you only need a little juice, some people pierce the end with a fork, squeeze the amount needed, cover the holes with tape and then store in the fridge.

There’s so much more to lemons than just using them in cooking and making lemonade! Here’s a selection of handy tips. Remember to test in inconspicuous areas first.

Ant deterrent
Pouring lemon juice around areas that ants frequent is said to repel them.

Air freshener
An equal amount of lemon juice and water added to an atomizer will create a wonderful synthetic chemical-free green air freshener for your home.

Dr Akilah El's Health TipsAll purpose cleaner
Again, an equal amount of lemon juice and water added to a spray bottle is an effective kitchen and bathroom cleaner and can also be used on walls (spot test first).

A small amount of lemon juice can also be added to vinegar based cleaning solutions to help neutralize the smell of the vinegar.

Another all-purpose cleaning solution: combine lemon juice, vinegar and water in a spray bottle.

Cut a lemon in half and sprinkle baking soda on the cut section. Use the lemon to scrub dishes, surfaces, and stains.

Fridge
Half a lemon stored in your fridge will help control and eliminate unpleasant smells.

Chrome/copper/brass
Rub a lemon juice and baking soda paste onto chrome or copper, rinse and then wipe/buff with a soft cloth or paper towel.

Toilet
Mix 1/2 cup borax and a cup of lemon juice for a powerful toilet cleaner that will leave it smelling extra clean!

Lime scale
Use a half lemon to clean the lime scale off a sink or taps/faucets; rinse well.

Laundry
For bleaching purposes, add 1/2 cup of lemon juice to the rinse cycle and hang clothes outside to dry.
A teaspoon of lemon juice thrown into your wash can also help your clothes to smell fresher.

Dishes
A teaspoon of lemon juice added to your dishwashing detergent can help boost grease cutting power

Drains
Hot lemon juice and baking soda is a good drain cleaner that is safe to use in septic systems.
If you have a garbage disposal unit, throw in some lemon peel from time to time while it’s working in order to keep it smelling fresh.

Chopping boards
Rub lemon juice into your wooden chopping board, leave overnight and then rinse. Wood chopping boards appear to have anti-bacterial properties anyway, but the lemon will help kill off any remaining nasties and neutralize odors.

Glass and mirrors
4 tablespoons of lemon juice mixed with half a gallon of water makes an effective window cleaner.

Degreaser
Straight lemon juice can be used as a general degreaser

Furniture
2 parts olive oil or cooking oil mixed with 1 part lemon juice makes for an excellent furniture polish!

Cuts, stings and itches
A small amount of lemon juice pour onto minor wounds can help stop bleeding and disinfect the injury (it will sting a bit). Lemon juice applied to itches, poison ivy rashes and wasp stings is said to relieve discomfort.

Hands
The smell of fish can linger on your hands, even after scrubbing with soap – rubbing your hands with lemon juice will neutralize the smell and leave your hands smelling wonderful.

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8 Delicious Summer Drinks for Healthier and Smoother Skin

Skin is something that adds a lot to one’s personality. It makes half of one’s personality. To naturally have a beautiful and shiny skin is a blessing but if you don’t have it. Do not worry at all there are many things that you can do to make your attractive and beautiful.

Every person wants to have soft and shiny skin. They must be spending too much money and time on it. In order to have a smooth skin people are required to take care of the skin or otherwise they will have to say goodbye to their beautiful skin.

Summer season is really tough for skin. Our body and skin needs extra care in the summer season. The summer is just about to arrive and we should start preparations in order to save our skin from Sun and Heat.

The skin care becomes must in the summer because it can protect the skin from Wrinkles, Black Spots and Skin Cancer. Skin aging occurs mostly occurs in the summer season. So everyone needs regular facials, juices, water, other liquids and good home care.

The proper intake of liquids becomes really important in the summer season so that your skin may not dehydrate. Dehydration of skin can cause wrinkles, black spots and dark circles around the eyes.

Drinking lots of liquid is a secret of beautiful skin in the summer season. Liquids can be taken in 1 form or another.

Here are some summer drinks for your soft skin that can be used in the daily routine:

1.    Lemon Juice for Smooth Skin

Lemon juice is a very good liquid to be taken in summers as it controls the body’s heat and gives great health benefits. It also helps to remove the toxins from the body and strengthen the body to bear the harsh heat radiations of sun.

Try to take Lemon Juice twice or thrice a day.

2.    Peppermint Tea

Peppermint, which is a cross between watermint and spearmint, has very high menthol content. This menthol is what gives it its strong minty aroma and flavor. Peppermint tea is ideal for the summer season as it improves the complexion of an individual and brings glow to the skin.

3.    Cool Smoothies for Soft Skin

Make Chill Smoothies that are free of calories. It makes the skin healthy and well hydrated. Smoothies can be made of different fruits like Banana, Strawberry and Mango etc.

4.    Cranberry Juice

Sugarcane is the cool fruit of summer. People should take Sugarcane juice before 6 in the evening. It helps in bringing the body’s temperature down.

5.    Gooseberry Drink for Fresh Skin

Make a drink of Gooseberries and Cherries. Try to drink it with empty Stomach in the morning. Gooseberry controls the body’s heat and strengthens the body’s resistance to fight with all the problem of skin.

6.    Herbal Tea

The Tea made of different herbs can also help in making the skin soft, smooth and shiny. This Herbal Tea balances the water level in a human.

7.    Water Melon Juice for Skin Care

Watermelon Juice is excellent for the summer season because it contains a lot of water content in it which balances the water level in the body.

8. Drinking Water:

Drinking water is a key factor to keep your skin clean and beautiful. An individual should drink at least 8 glasses of water every day.

These drinks can protect the body and skin from the bad effects of summer season. These summer drinks can develop healthy and shiny skin to enjoy the bests of this summer season.

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The Health Benefits of Lemon

The Ayurveda has regarded lemon as a valuable fruit and admired its properties. Lemon is sour, warm, promoter of gastric fire, light, good for vision, pungent and astringent. It checks the excessive flow of bile and cleanses the mouth. It dislodges phlegm (cough) and expels wind from the digestive tract. It helps in digestion and removes constipation. It prevents vomiting, throat trouble, acidity and rheumatism. It destroys intestinal worms.

Though lemon is acidic to the taste, it leaves off alkaline residues in the body. This is why it is useful in all symptoms of acidosis.

Lemon-juice is a powerful antibacterial. It has been proved by experiments that the bacteria of malaria, cholera, diphtheria, typhoid and other deadly diseases are destroyed in lemon-juice.

It also contains some vitamin A. Natural vitamin C is much more effective than the synthetic one. Vitamin C of lemon-juice is very effective because it is combined with bioflavonoids (vitamin P). In addition to Vitamin C, lemon also contains niacin and thiamin in small amounts.

One should not take concentrated lemon-juice. It should be diluted with water before taking it. Pure lemon­juice contains acid which is injurious to the enamel of teeth.

The body is well cleansed if lemon-juice mixed with cold water and honey is taken on an empty stomach early in the morning. Warm water may be used occasionally to get relieved of constipation.

Lemon-juice prevents or restrains influenza, malaria and cold.

Lemon-juice gives good relief in fever. Lemon-juice mixed with water is useful in quenching the thirst of the patients suffering from diabetes. It gives immediate relief in abdominal disorders. Lemon acts as a sedative for the nerves and the heart and allays troublesome palpitation.

Lemon is especially appreciated for its Vitamin C value. When Vasco da Gama made his voyage round the Cape of Good Hope nearly two-thirds of his crew died of scurvy. But at present the recurrence of such a disaster is no longer possible owing to the widespread use of lemon. Innumerable boatmen moving in sea have saved their lives with the use of lemon.

Vitamin P in lemon strengthens the blood vessels and prevents internal hemorrhage. It is, therefore, extremely useful in high blood pressure, in which cerebro-vascular accidents commonly occur.

The most valuable ingredient of lemon, next to vitamin C, is citric acid, of which it contains 7.2 per cent. Lemon contains more potassium than apple or grapes, which is beneficial to the heart.

Lemon is very much useful in maintaining the health of the teeth and the bones. The vitamin C content of lemon helps considerably in calcium metabolism.

Lemon has been used for many years in gout and rheumatism. Lemon-juice is a diuretic. It, therefore, gives relief in kidney and bladder disorders. It has been used in destroying intestinal worms. It prevents vomiting and helps to cure hepatitis and other innumerable diseases.

Lemon has been proved to be a blessing for mountaineers. In the cases of insufficient oxygen and difficulty in breathing lemon comes to their rescue. Edmund Hillary, the first man to put his foot on the top of Mt. Everest, has admitted that his victory over Mt. Everest was greatly due to lemon.

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Akilah M. El, N.D. is a Naturopathic Doctor and board-certified Master Herbalist with a private practice in Atlanta Georgia and Berlin Germany. Join Dr Akilah El on Facebook and Twitter

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The Health Benefits of Lemon Water

Many people often love the tarty flavor of lemon juice in their dishes. But have you ever wondered that you can put this lemon juice to many more good uses than this? Yes! There are enormous benefits of lemon juice and water in your everyday life. You simply need to arm yourself with relevant knowledge and you would soon start valuing this amalgamation more than ever.

Lemon is an inexpensive, easily available citrus fruit, popular for its culinary and medicinal uses. It is used to prepare a variety of food recipes such as lemon cakes, lemon chicken and beverages like lemonade and lemon-flavored drinks. It is also used for garnishing. Lemon juice consists of about 5% citric acid that gives a tarty taste to lemon. Lemon is a rich source of vitamin C. It also contains vitamins like vitamin B, riboflavin and minerals like calcium, phosphorus, magnesium as well as proteins and carbohydrates. Lemon is generally consumed in the form of lemon juice or lemon water. Lemon water makes a healthy drink, especially when taken in the morning. Daily consumption of lemon water provides a number of health benefits like:

Good for stomach

Lemon can help relieve many digestion problems when mixed with hot water. These include nausea, heartburn and parasites. Due to the digestive qualities of lemon juice, symptoms of indigestion such as heartburn, bloating and belching are relieved. By drinking lemon juice regularly, the bowels are aided in eliminating waste more efficiently. Lemon acts as a blood purifier and as a cleansing agent. The intake of lemon juice can cure constipation. It is even known to help relieve hiccups when consumed as a juice. Lemon juice acts as a liver tonic and helps you digest your food by helping your liver produce more bile. It decreases the amount of phlegm produced by your body. It is also thought to help dissolve gallstones.

Excellent for Skin Care

Lemon, being a natural antiseptic medicine, can participate to cure problems related to skin. Lemon is a vitamin C rich citrus fruit that enhances your beauty, by rejuvenating skin from within and thus bringing a glow on your face. Daily consumption of lemon water can make a huge difference in the appearance of your skin. It acts as an anti-aging remedy and can remove wrinkles and blackheads. Lemon water if applied on the areas of burns can fade the scars. As lemon is a cooling agent, it reduces the burning sensation on the skin.

Aids in Dental Care

Lemon water is used in dental care also. If fresh lemon juice is applied on the areas of toothache, it can assist in getting rid of the pain. The massages of lemon juice on gums can stop gum bleeding. Massaging lemon water onto the bleeding gums helps in controlling the bleeding gums and if it is applied outwardly on the nostrils it can stop bleeding. It gives relief from bad smell and other problems related to gums.

Cures Throat Infections

Lemon is an excellent fruit that aids in fighting problems related to throat infections, sore throat and tonsillitis as it has an antibacterial property. For sore throat, dilute one-half lemon juice with one-half water and gargle frequently.

Good for Weight Loss

One of the major health benefits of drinking lemon water is that it paves way for losing weight faster, thus acting as a great weight loss remedy. If a person takes lemon juice mixed with lukewarm water and honey, it can reduce the body weight as well. If warm lemon water is daily consumed, it will be out of the most effective remedies to reduce belly fat and obesity.

Prevention and Cure from Allergies and Infections

To prevent and treat various infections along with control over different allergies is also a distinctive benefit of lemon water. It is found efficient in healing wounds due to its antiseptic properties.

Strengthening of Liver Functioning

It strengthens the functioning of liver and motivates it to generate more enzymes necessary for different body functions.

Controls High Blood Pressure

Lemon water works wonders for people having heart problem, owing to its high potassium content. It controls high blood pressure, dizziness, nausea as well as provides relaxation to mind and body. It also reduces mental stress and depression.

Assist in curing Respiratory Disorders

Lemon water assists in curing respiratory problems, along with breathing problems and revives a person suffering from asthma.

Good for treating Rheumatism

Lemon is also a diuretic and hence lemon water can treat rheumatism and arthritis. It helps to flush out bacteria and toxins out of the body.

Great for treating Urinary Tract Problems

Owing to the diuretic effect, lemon water is valuable for people having urinary tract infections. It is also useful to treat rheumatism and arthritis.

Natural Hair Conditioner

If lemon water is applied on hair for a few minutes and rinsed off afterward, it results in clean and full of shine hair for normal to oily hair.

Reduces Fever

Lemon water can treat a person who is suffering from cold, flu or fever. It helps to break fever by increasing perspiration.

Acts as a blood purifier

The diseases like cholera or malaria can be treated with lemon water as it can act as a blood purifier. Lemon water performs blood purification because it contains vitamin C and antioxidants which help in removing dangerous free radicals from the body and improve immune system.

How much should I drink?

In case you are in good health and weigh 155 pounds or less, it is advisable for you to have juice of one-half of the lemon squeezed into one glass of water, twice daily. However, if you weigh more than 155 pounds, juice of one whole lemon in a glass of water should be preferred. For maximum benefit, this mixture should also be taken two times a day, though you may dilute more lemon juice according to your taste if you wish.

Do not just remain oblivious to the gifts of nature such as this, for you should always try to make the most of them. So, make it a part of your daily routine to drink a glass of warm lemon water in the morning and then open your gateway to enjoy its health benefits.

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